The students of the modern world are inclined towards non-traditional disciplines of study. Yet at the same time, they want to check the career aspects of each of these disciplines before going forward with the decision of pursuing that particular study. There is a surge of popularity around built environment courses within the students of recent times. Let us have a look at the different aspects of this career choice.
What is Built Environments?
Built environments include all the man-made settings like cities, buildings and others, where human beings can live or work or perform any humanly activity together. Built environments thus include setups like houses, residential apartments, office buildings, cities or any such infrastructure.
Populated by humans
Pursuing a course of studies on built environment help a student to become a built environment specialist. They are the experts in building settings like cities which are going to be populated by humans. They have the expertise to plan out the construction, development and utilization of different buildings and other such setups. They need to study different activities which take place in some specific environments. Since this field of study typically makes a built environment specialist an expert in business management, environmental science, economic, law, technology and public policy, this field of study is not considered to be a mono-specialty field. The students of this course receive a specialist diploma at the end of this course.
Usually, built environment specialists work for 40 hours per week. Their work mostly includes office duties involving report writing and coordinating with other professionals.
Inspecting buildings also is a part of their duties. Generally, the work life of a built environment specialist is fast-paced, produces work pressure along with strict deadlines. This work can be divided into two broad categories: routine inspection and problem-focused inspection. A routine inspection work requires a thorough verification to check whether a particular building is safe from every aspect or not. This includes visual examination of different parts and tallying those with the checklist. Some examinations require the use of different equipment to test air quality and other probable issues.
For problem-focused inspection, a complaint needs to be filed first. Following a complaint or a tip off or any strong reason to believe that a certain structure is unsafe, an inspector might need to go for a visit. These are the times when a built environment specialist might encounter an unpleasant situation which could even turn out to be dangerous. The building owner or management could oppose the inspection. This is the time that the job becomes confrontational.
Academic Degree and Training
The built environment specialists hold a bachelor’s degree in different fields- often it is in environmental science or civil engineering. Then they should pursue diploma programs in built environment studies. At the end of their built environment courses, they need to pass a certain test and earn certification as an accepted specialist. They should be extremely good with communication skills with a flair for writing, highly organized and detail-oriented.